Chithirai Thiruvizha 2008

Month of April will be full of celebrations and festivals in Temple City Madurai. Being a passionate guy towards my home-town I always enjoy being part of the grand Chithirai Thiruvizha (April Festival). Before 400 years, this festival acted as a bondage between Saivas and Vaishnavas as it starts from Meenakshi-Sundareswarar Temple and completes in Azhagar Temple. During the initial 8 days of festival, the deities of goddess Meenakshi and lord Sundareswarar will be taken in 4 Masi streets everyday on different Vahanams (seats on different animals). On the 9th day, Thikku-Vijayam (the war) will be happening between Meenakshi and Sundareswarar and the next day the celestial wedding will happen for them. On the evening of this wedding day, the deities will be taken in Poo-Pallaakku (seat with full of flowers) on Masi streets. On the 11th day the famous Ther-Thiruvizha (Car festival) will happen by carrying the deities in big Ther (Car). On the same day lord Azhagar will be on the way down the line to Madurai from Azhagar Kovil, which is located around 20 km from Madurai city. This makes the event of Ethir Sevai (worship the god by welcoming him to city) by people. Next day is the landmark day of Azhagar Vaigai Aatril Irangudhal (lord entering into Vaigai river) which is the biggest crowd-puller event happening on full-moon day of April (Chithira Pournami). Azhagar will be coming on golden horse amidst ocean of people and in the mid of river he meet other deity lord Perumal, then he returns back. The mythology goes like “Azhagar is elder-brother of goddess Meenakshi and he is coming to Madurai city for witnessing the marriage of her sister with Sundareswarar . Before he comes, the marriage gets over and upon getting this news from lord Perumal, he returns back with anger without visiting his sister”. Around 2 lakh people will witness this event who come from in and around Madurai and I too part of it. This year I was watching this event from A.V.Bridge and to get in there at 5:00 AM my father somehow managed to get a Car pass, which made us a part of crowd-free group. Chithirai Thiruvizha makes the people to be in joyous mood with a bit of divinity and marks a get-together with friends and relations.


2 comments so far

  1. bkondepudi on

    Nice blog. Continue blogging on temples of Tamil Nadu.

  2. Jam Master on

    Hmmm! Interesting. Anything else that’s special in this event?

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